Hardship Withdrawal Policy
To apply for a hardship withdrawal, students must complete the Hardship Withdrawal Application form. This form may be obtained in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on the Floyd Campus OR from any Administrative Office at any campus location OR online at www.highlands.edu (click on Quick Links/Academic Affairs/Forms/Hardship Withdrawals).
If a student withdraws from one or more courses after the mid-term date, a grade of WF is assigned unless he/she can document that their withdrawal is due to a hardship situation. A “WF” is computed as an “F” in the grade point average (GPA). Hardship situations must be non-academic in nature.
If a student is withdrawing due to a hardship situation, such as a personal injury or illness, family injury, illness or death, or an employer-initiated job change, they must submit a written statement and documentation of their hardship situation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for review. If the situation is deemed a hardship, the grade of “W” will be assigned. The possibility that the student will fail a course is not considered a hardship.
Students should normally apply for hardship withdrawals no later than the semester following the one for which hardship status is sought. Those applying later must document why they were unable to apply in a timely manner.
If a student is considering dropping a course but needs advice to determine if their situation is indeed a hardship situation, they should contact an advisor at their campus location for assistance.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING FOR HARDSHIP WITHDRAWAL
Complete the attached Hardship Withdrawal Application Form, including signature.
Provide a written explanation of the hardship situation.
Provide documents to support request.
Attach the explanation and documentation to the form.
- All required signatures must be completed on the form.
Submit the forms to the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs. Forms may be submitted to the Administrative offices at any campus location, and they will be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs. For convenience, these forms can be mailed to Georgia Highlands College, Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs, 3175 Cedartown Highway, Rome, GA 30161 OR faxed at 706-802-5956 OR emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, please call the VPAA office at 706-295-6331.
Students are notified by U.S. mail of the decision rendered.